Additional Resources for NOAA Scientists

This page includes:

  • Resources for organizing community dialogue about climate change, extreme weather events, and the topics addressed in the program videos
  • NOAA climate resilience tools that will help your community understand extreme weather events related to climate change, and how they impact your community

As you know, the topics of climate change and extreme weather can be controversial. The tools in this unit will help you to plan your program to inspire your communities to consider climate change through a personal rather than political lens.

Below are five tools that will help you and your librarian partner facilitate discussions about the effects of rising temperatures and sea levels, extreme weather, and other climate change-related events. These resources will assist you in guiding conversations about how individuals can respond to environmental changes by adapting and building resiliency. Many of these resources are interactive, so you can select and apply the content to the areas and issues that are relevant to your community. Sharing these resources with your program participants is highly recommended, and your librarian partner work with you to plan that.


Tool #1: State Annual and Seasonal Time Series
This resource from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center includes graphics that depict historical minimum, maximum, and average temperatures in U.S states since 1895. This visual data is a helpful tool for engaging participants in discussions about temperature shifts and trends in their own community. To get a quick overview of this tool, watch the video below. To view the full tool, visit the website.

Tool #1
State Annual and Seasonal Time Series


Tool #2: Dataset Gallery
This NOAA dataset gallery is an extensive catalogue of maps, graphs, charts, news, and teaching materials that can be used to synthesize useful information for a particular geographic area. This is a great resource for collaborating with your community to explore data visualizations that are particularly relevant to your area. To view this tool, visit the website.


Tool #3: Climate Explorer
NOAA’s Climate Explorer is a climate resilience toolkit, which models climate information for any county in the U.S. With customizable predication data, it can be used to understand and teach how climate conditions may change in a particular location over the next several decades. To get a quick overview of this tool, watch the video below. To view the full tool, visit the website.


Climate Explorer


Tool #4: Sea Level Rise Viewer
With more and more people living on or near a coast, now more than ever, it’s essential to consider the effects of sea level rise on communities. The Sea Level Rise Viewer is a tool for gauging trends, assessing the social and economic effects, and modeling constructive responses to sea level rise. The tool provides a preliminary look at sea level rise and coastal flooding impacts. A slider allows you to control flooding up to six feet as you look at a particular area. It highlights vulnerabilities, helps identify risks, and demonstrates changing flood frequency. In this next video, NOAA scientist Ned Gardiner explains how to customize the tool to provide information useful to your region. To view the full tool, visit the website.


Tool #4
Sea Level Rise Viewer


Tool #5: Cities Impacts & Adaptation Tool (CIAT)
In addition to sea level rise, it’s also important to consider the impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes. For communities in the Upper Midwest region, CIAT is an interactive tool that integrates demographics, socioeconomics, and current and projected climate trends. This tool is especially (but not exclusively) relevant for people living in the Great Lakes region, to consider how climate change will affect their homes, communities, and surrounding areas. CIAT also provides a database of adaptation action strategies. To get a quick overview of this tool, watch the video below. To view the full tool, visit the website.


Tool #5
Cities Impacts and Adaptation Tool (CIAT)


  • We have only spotlighted five tools in this unit, but of course, there are many more. Additional online resources are listed and described on the NOAA Scientist Resources document, which you can download here arrow icons
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You will likely find that in the program discussions, many participants will want to know what they can do to address climate change challenges. You and your library partner can share ideas and resources with them.

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